Michigan defense sinks, offense ends on a high note

Lincoln, Nab. –Michigan lead 13-0 at halftime in Nebraska with two field goals from Jake Moody, but the Wolverines need to kick each other for leaving points on the field.

The first strike was set up with a superb interception from Dax Hill.

Hill played the game on his back, intercepting Adrian Martinez with 12:47 left in the second quarter to give the ball to the Wolverines at the Nebraska 35-yard line. It was Hill’s second straight game with an interception.

Michigan ran the ball every play but was stopped at the Nebraska 17-yard line and walked away with the 35-yard basket to take a 3-0 lead.

At the end of the half, after Hassan Haskins ran 3 yards to convert a first down, Cade McNamara completed a 48-yard pass to Mike Sainristil to the Nebraska 6-yard line. But on the third down at the 1-yard line, Haskins’ 1-yard touchdown was canceled after an exam showed McNamara’s knee was down before he passed the baton. The Wolverines settled for another basket.

With 1:37 to go in the half, Michigan looked efficient as it ran 76 yards in 11 games and finally entered the end zone on a 3-yard run from Haskins. Nebraska was called up for a passing interference that gave Michigan the ball at the 3-yard line.

Communication difficulties

Michigan was worried about communication in Wisconsin a week ago, but it has never been a problem, the luxury of taking the lead and calming the crowds. But playing at Memorial Stadium in Nebraska at night was a different thing.

The team train all week with loud music and noise from the crowds, but it’s loud and noisy here. Michigan was called up for two false start penalties in the first quarter. Left tackle Ryan Hayes took the first penalty in the Wolverines’ first practice before the second game of the game that nullified a 4-yard pass from McNamara to Daylen Baldwin.

Just before the end of the first quarter, left guard Trevor Keegan was called up for a false start that put Michigan in a third-and-10 situation.

At the end of the second quarter Michigan made a few substitutions on the offensive line as Karsen Barnhart entered left guard and Chuck Filiaga entered right guard, but at the end of the half starters Trevor Keegan and Zak Zinter were back at the left and right guards. spots, respectively.

Defense is tested, but …

Nebraska’s opening practice totaled 78 yards on nine plays, including a 43-yard pass on the first scrimmage play, then a 24-yard pass to convert to fourth to the 11-line. Michigan yards. But on the fourth and -2 to 3, Martinez was thrown for a one-yard loss, knocking the ball down on the downs.

The Michigan defense came out on top again on the Cornhuskers’ next possession and got some help with a 15-yard penalty. On a third and long, Martinez was under pressure from Aidan Hutchinson, who put a hand on his shoulder but couldn’t bring him down, and forced him to leave. He pitched incomplete to force a punt.

David Ojabo scored the first sack of the match at the end of the half. Nebraska has 129 yards, including 94 passing yards. The Cornhuskers are 1 for 6 on the third down. Nebraska was limited to 32 yards in the second quarter.

Special specialists

It was a very first half for punter Brad Robbins, who got things started after Michigan blocked the first possession with a 57-yard punt to give Nebraska a starting position on their 18-line. yards.

Robbins had three punts for 147 yards (49-yard average) and the Cornhuskers’ three first-quarter practices started at 18, 35, and 6. His third punt went for 51 yards and Oliver Martin, a former receiver. from Michigan, did the right thing. at the 6 yard line.

Moody scored the first points of the half on a 35-yard field goal to give Michigan a 3-0 lead, then added the goal from 21 yards. He’s 10-for-11 on field goal attempts this season.

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